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#1 drmustang66

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Posted 19 January 2019 - 07:37 PM

I have a Colt AR15 factory made select fire rifle. The serial number is 15,401. I cannot find any information of the date of manufacture. There is no property of US marking. Any help would be appreciated.


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#2 JJX

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Posted 19 January 2019 - 11:36 PM

1965 according to this site:

https://www.ar15.com.../-/123-241681/?
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Posted 20 January 2019 - 08:24 AM

Thanks for the reply. I read the same info but wonder why the serial numbers jump from 14,000 to 20,000 in 1963 and then resumed at 15,000 in 1965.


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Posted 20 January 2019 - 12:43 PM

I have a similar gun about 100 numbers off yours. These guns are likely early Colt 604's or 614's before Colt designated the model numbers. The fact that they are not marked U.S. Property tends to lean them to the very 1st police and civilian guns available. However I have heard that some of the early guns that went overseas to Vietnam advisers, the air force  and a few other countries were also not U.S.property marked so it may be impossible to know where the gun was first issued. I am by no means an expert on this subject as these guns are not my specialty. 

 

Here are a few pics of mine, I'm guessing that yours has similar characteristics. A 605 upper, 20" barrel with early 3 prong muzzle. Post some pictures of yours and we can compare, these are actually pretty rare guns, it would nice to see another one like mine.

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Posted 20 January 2019 - 06:34 PM

The person that sold me the rifle stated that very low 15,000 serial number guns were issued to the Air Force. I carried a M16 in Vietnam and wanted a gun from the late 60's.It is my understanding that US property marked rifles are almost impossible to buy. I paid $24,000 two month ago and from talking to various collectors that is the going price.  The model number is a 604 for 15,000 serial numbers.


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Posted 03 July 2019 - 10:18 AM

I'm working with a police department with some M-16 A-2 select fire rifles with serial numbers in the range 8114XXX, 8113XXX and 8108XXX.  I believe them to be circa 1986 manufacture, but can't find an authoritative source.


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#7 GaryKeim

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Posted 08 July 2019 - 04:45 PM

8,000,000 series
1980’s
In general these are 700 series commercial/export marked models of the M16A2.
 

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Posted 08 July 2019 - 06:25 PM

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Here is my best friend during Desert Shield/Storm, Colt M16 (not A1) serial # 313135.  Carried/lived with her for seven months and never chambered a round!  Note the luxurious USAF living accommodations.  31st Medical Group.

 

While over there I had in my hands (fondled) Colt serial # 00009.  It was assigned to the 1st Medical Group.


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